Leave No Trace Awareness Award

Youth and adults are eligible for BSA’s Leave No Trace Awareness Award up on successful completion of Leave No Trace Training in their unit. The award patch may be worn on the uniform shirt pocket.

To qualify, complete the following requirements and submit an application signed by a unit leader to the Council Service Center. Applications should be available shortly.

More information can be found on the National Scouting site for both the Cub Scout and the Boy Scout awards.

Boy Scout and Venturer requirements

  • Recite and explain the principles of Leave No Trace.
  • On three separate camping/backpacking trips, demonstrate and practice the principles of Leave No Trace.
  • Earn the Camping and Environmental Science merit badges.*
  • Participate in a Leave No Trace-related service project.
  • Give a 10-minute presentation on a Leave No Trace topic, approved by your Scoutmaster/Advisor.
  • Draw a poster or build a model to demonstrate the differences in how to camp or travel in high-use and pristine areas.

* Venturers substitute requirement No. 3 from the Scouter/Advisor list.

Scouter and Advisor requirements

  1. Recite and explain the principles of Leave No Trace.
  2. On three separate camping/backpacking trips, demonstrate and practice the principles of Leave No Trace.
  3. Share with another Scout leader/Advisor your understanding and knowledge of the Camping and Environmental Science merit badge pamphlets.
  4. Actively assist (training, advice, and general supervision) a Scout/Venturer in planning, organizing, and leading a service project related to Leave No Trace.
  5. Assist a minimum of three Scouts/Venturers in earning the Leave No Trace Awareness Award.
  6. Plan and conduct a Leave No Trace Awareness session for Scouts, Scouters, Advisors, or an interested group outside of Scouting.